Minnesota Twins: 2017 MLB Winter Meetings recap

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Michael Pineda
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05: Michael Pineda /
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Kintzler re-signs with Nationals

In the early goings of the Winter Meetings, Brandon Kintzler was right back in the Twins conversation, but the dream of him returning to Minnesota quickly faded.

In reality, it’s a bummer to see Kinztler re-sign with the team that acquired him from the Twins in July, but it’s also not a shocker either. Basically, Kintzler was one of the top bullpen arms on the market and these days, relief pitchers are valued at a premium. Not to mention, Kintzler is coming off an All-Star season and was effective as a setup man for the Nationals.

Yet, the Twins would be smart to make a move or two rather soon for their bullpen considering a few relief pitchers are now off the board. Specifically, a few arms considered in the second and third tier of available bullpen arms. The tiers the Twins are likely looking at with no reported interest on top relief pitchers and closers Wade Davis and Greg Holland.